The Social Publishers Foundation is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization headquartered in San Marcos, CA (USA). The Board of Directors of the Foundation sets policy and delegates authority to the president and senior staff for the Foundation’s operations. The Foundation’s policies have been established to further its Mission.
The Social Publishers Foundation utilizes an Advisory Board of distinguished practitioners, researchers, and community leaders to advise the Board of Directors on various issues including strategic, conceptual, and practical aspects of the stated Mission. Members of the Advisory Board personally contribute and assist with raising funds for grants that the Foundation awards to practitioner-researchers and action-researchers.
A Review Panel of experienced practitioner-researchers, action-researchers, and veterans of community-based participatory research projects participates in a review process in which all submitted proposals for research and product development are carefully reviewed. Members of the Review Panel are volunteers and are committed to the maintenance of high standards for practitioner research.
In an effort to increase dissemination of research and products by practitioners, SPF has developed partnerships and collaborations with a number of organizations and institutions in various parts of the world. A pilot partnership was created with a number of faculty members at Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) in the United Kingdom. BGU is a public university in the city of Lincoln, England, which is recognized in the UK for its consistently high employability and student satisfaction rates. For this partnership a panel of BGU internal reviewers was formed in March 2017. The BGU internal reviewers select quality action-research projects and MA dissertations produced by teachers and review them before the practitioner-researchers submit them to SPF with the purpose of publishing their work in the SPF knowledge base. When publication applications are submitted to SPF, reviewers from the SPF review panel provide support to help enhance research reports, if necessary, and communicate with practitioner-researchers throughout the process toward publication. Collaborations with other universities are being established at this time.